Carlos Garaicoa, Letter to the Censors, Tate learning resource

Letter to the Censors 2003, by the Cuban artist Carlos Garaicoa, inhabits a theatrically-lit, red-carpeted space in the centre of which is an architectural model in the style of a classic Havana cinema from the 1930s. But there is no Hollywood blockbuster screening inside, instead a series of film titles are projected in stark black and white text...What's it all about?

This resource provides an in-depth look at the artwork: Explore the themes that inspired the artist; find out how the work was made; and go behind-the-scenes with conservation and curatorial specialists at Tate to investigate some of the issues involved in collecting, preserving and displaying installation art.

What is Letter to the Censors?

Find out about the different elements that make up the installation and how the artist was inspired to make the work

Subjects and meaning

Explore some of the key themes Garaicoa explores in Letter to the Censors

Explore the model in detail

See details of the model close-up, and find out about the materials and techniques used to make it

Carlos Garaicoa

Read about the artist, his training and studio practice

In depth: Acquisition and preservation

Take an in-depth look at what happens to an installation once it is acquired by Tate and find out about some of the practical (and philosophical) issues that need to be resolved

Installation – other views

Explore some of the different ways Letter to the Censors has been installed since it was first shown in an off-beat gallery space in Rome in 2003